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ATTO Will Showcase Storage and Network Connectivity Products at NAB 2018



ATTO Technology is continuing its 30 year history of being a company on the cutting edge of data storage and connectivity solutions at NAB 2018, April 9-12, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ATTO will feature their full portfolio of products. This will include the latest 25/50/100Gb Ethernet technology and solutions for guaranteed delivery of content using the highest performing transport available: Gen 6 32Gb and 16GB Fibre Channel.

Among the innovations that will be on display are ATTO brand ThunderLink Thunderbolt adapters, Celerity Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), XstreamCORE Storage Controllers, ExpressSAS/SATA HBAs and RAID Adapters and FastFrame Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NICs).

As the only certified Ethernet Thunderbolt adapter and NIC connectivity provider for the Avid NEXIS series, ATTO is excited to demonstrate the latest advancement in collaborative workflows. Avid NEXIS is a powerful storage system for delivering reliable and superior media performance to accelerate production for media intensive industries.

ATTO ThunderLink Thunderbolt adapters and FastFrame NICs offer NEXIS users cross-platform collaboration within workgroups and the ability to scale-out and add clients as workgroups grow. The powerful combination of ATTO and Avid means creative professionals can work on the most advanced high resolution projects through latency management techniques while managing smooth data delivery for high-bandwidth applications.


Open Labs has a Spring Break Promo



Open Labs creates software and hardware products to inspire, educate, and elevate professional musicians around the world. Open Labs is offering a limited-time Spring Break promo on Stagelight Loops and Presets. Open Labs also posted about it on Facebook and Instagram, and tweeted a link to the post on Instagram.

Take 25% off Stagelight Loops and Presets! Spring into music production this month and create your music with some fresh Stagelight Sounds. Simply update to the latest free version of Stagelight 3.5 HERE Next, launch Stagelight and enter the in-app store.

There is a coupon code you need to use at checkout. The coupon code is SPRING25. It gives you 25% off Loops and Presets. The promo ends on March 31, 2018 at midnight CDT.

Stagelight 3.5 includes dozens of new user presets, drum patterns, and multiple sound effects to choose from. Beginners and hobbyists can quickly build beats by browsing through multiple presets by genre or create their own track templates that include instrument and effect combos.


Line 6 Echo Farm 3.0 Now Works With All Popular DAWs



Line 6 announced that Echo Farm 3.0 now works with all popular DAWs. Bring legendary delays and echo effects to your sessions!

Supporting Audio Units and VST in addition to AAX Native, Echo Farm 3.0 now works with all popular DAWs. Bring classing echo sounds to any project with 64-bit native performance and support for sample rates up to 192 kHz. Pro Tools users will appreciate full backward compatibility and the ability to open old sessions without losing previous sounds or settings.

Echo Farm 3.0 features models based on vintage hardware units such as the Roland RE-101, Space Echo, Boss DM-2, Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, TC Electronic 2290 and Maestro Echoplexes, plus Line 6 originals.

Features include:

  • Choose from 12 models including vintage echo units and Line 6 originals
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use interface
  • Control tape wow & flutter, filter-swept modulation, bit resolution, and more
  • Supports sample rates up to 192 kHz for pristine sound quality
  • Settings and presets are 100% compatible with Pro Tools TDM sessions (AAX version only).

You can listen to 10 different audio samples on the Line 6 website. Echo Farm 3.0 is available for download via the Line 6 online store.


Shotoku USA Will Showcase Smart Solutions at NAB 2018



SHOTOKU USA will focus on robotics at NAB 2018. They will feature their Enhanced ECI Automation Interface an their Shotoko “Smart” Solutions.

Shotoku will showcase a significantly enhanced version of their External Control Automation Interface (ECI), incorporating powerful new features that add a layer of intuitiveness and functionality for the flagship TR-XT Touch Control System. Building on the TR-XT’s advanced features, including pre-set shot recall functionality, the unit now supports full joystick trim control to adjust and restore the pre-sets as necessary, from the automation system or switcher itself.

Shotoko “Smart” Solutions includes the SmartPed Robotic Pedestal, SmartPedVR and SmartTrack. The SmartPed Robotic Pedestal is a fully robotic XY pedestal embraced by some of the world’s most prominent broadcasting organizations. SmartPed addressed the creative and commercial demands of on-air environments with a cost-efficient and high-performance solution.

SmartPed will be demonstrated for the first time ever at NAB 2018. The VR-enabled version of Shotoku’s widely popular Robotic Pedestal is now available with their well-proven and highly accurate built-in VR tracking system which allows SmartPed to be used in all VR or AR environments.

SmartTrack is a highly adaptable camera system. It supports floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. SmartTrack combines the precision and flexibility of Shotoku control systems with a rail-based dolly and elevator column system to provide a unique perspective on any live, multi-camera studio production.


ADDER Will Launch ADDERLink INFINITY 100T at NAB 2018



ADDER will launch the new ADDERLink INFINITY 100T at NAB 2018. It is a UP-based KVM transmitter that can form part of the ADDERLink INFINITY solution.

The ADDERLink INFINITY 100T (ALIF 100T) is a Zero U, high performance, IP-based KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) transmitter that enables the use of standard IT infrastructure to extend computers away from the user environment.

Product features include:

  • Zero U size: The ALIF100T takes Zero U of rack space in the server room allowing for ultimate flexibility and ease of installation
  • IP-based: Use your existing networking infrastructure to extend or matrix your computing resources to your users
  • USB powered: The device can be powered from USB. This means there is no need to provision for an external PSU. Options for powering from an external PSU or redundant PSU are also available
  • Low power consumption: Requiring less than 3 Watts, the unit can be powered from USB. This means it could use less than a quarter of the energy when compared to other solutions.
  • Multiple video options: The system supports resolutions to a maximum of 1920×1200@60Hz through either DVI, DisplayPort or VGA interfaces
  • USB 2.0: Enables you to connect any USB human interface device from mice and keyboards through graphics tablets, jog shuttles, joysticks and 3D explorers
  • USB Audio: The system delivers USB stereo audio (Line In, Line Out) digitally across the network
  • Seamless Integration with the ADDERLink INFINITY range: The ALIF100T can integrate seamlessly into your existing ADDERLink INFINITY setup, replacing or working in conjunction with your existing ALIF endpoints.

Gemini is the Most Accurate and Agile Softlight at NAB 2018



Litepanels will display Gemini at NAB 2018. Gemini is the industry’s most accurate and agile softlight. Every color is always available. Dial in any color from the 360 degree color wheel as well as popular gels. You can save the presets for instant recall.

The Gemini is truly versatile with its intuitive-on-board controls and remote control options via standard DMX 512 protocol, wireless DMX or Bluetooth and can adapt to any lighting situation today’s Cinematographers and lighting professionals will find themselves in.

The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 LED soft panel provides a beautiful and wide source of soft, color accurate, full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting. Gemini allows users quick and easy precision adjustment of light with three fully featured lighting modes: CCT Mode for true daylight and tungsten with +/- green fine tuning, HSI Mode for total control over hue, saturation and intensity to create any color in the 360 color wheel at any intensity from 0-100% and Gel Mode to easily replicate the industry’s most popular gel sets with a daylight tungsten source.

Gemini specs:

  • Size: 25 x 6.5 x 12.5” / 63.5 x 16.5 x 31.8 cm
  • Weight: 22.2 lbs / 10.1 kg
  • Power Requirements: 28V DC / 100-240VAC
  • Maximum Power Draw: 325W nominal 350W Max
  • Power Supply: 28V DC Internal power supply
  • CRT/TLCI: 97 Daylight 99 Tungsten
  • Includes: Fixture, Yoke, Internal Power Supply, PowerCon Power Cord

Line 6 is Giving Away a Free Speaker Bag – For a Limited Time



Line 6 introduced the world’s first digital modeling amp. Their Variax guitars can do more than any other instrument in history. Line 6 is giving away a free gig bag – for a limited time. To enter, you must purchase a Firehawk 1500 amp.

Easily transport and protect your Firehawk 1500 stage amp with this custom speaker bag! The Firehawk 1500 Speaker bag is a heavy duty amp road case with built-in wheels, pull-up handle, and padding, to make traveling to your next gig a breeze!

The giveaway started on March 1, 2018, and will end on April 30, 2018. To be eligible, you must purchase a Firehawk Amplifier. The speaker bag is a $199.99 value.

There are terms and conditions to be aware of. Eligible products must be purchased as new from an authorized reseller in the United States. This offer is not available for remanufactured, demonstration, or non-new products. Purchases made from online auctions are not eligible. Line 6 does not allow product substitutions, deletions, additions, or other modifications to this offer, regardless of information you learn from other sources.

The offer is available while supplies last. Sales tax (if any) is the responsibility of the consumer. You must upload an image of your original receipt(s) as part of the registration process.

The Line 6 Firehawk 1500 is the ultimate stage amp. It features plenty of power and a unique full-range speaker configuration that delivers consistent tone at any volume. It’s a next-generation stage amp for guitarists who want great live tone – on any stage, and at any volume.


TASCAM Unveils MZ-Series Mixers



Continuing its long legacy of high-quality professional mixers, TASCAM has introduced the new MZ-223 and MZ-372. Both rack-mount analog mixers offer flexible inputs, mixing, and routing that makes them well suited for installs in small to mid-size venues such as restaurants, hotels, ballrooms, meeting rooms, and schools, as well as residences.

The compact 2U rack-mount TASCAM MZ-223 offers five audio channels, each with a dedicated Gain potentiometer and two stereo sets of RCA line-level inputs (ten RCA inputs, total), that can be mixed, segregated, and routed to three independent zones or destinations. Channels 1 and 2 can also accommodate phono-level signals for use with a turntable, making the MZ-223 suitable for DJ and residential applications. Two convenient front-panel, balanced XLR inputs handle microphone signals.

Each of the MZ-223’s three stereo output zones present balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA line-level outputs, enabling long cable runs or connections to residential power amplifiers or powered speakers. A generous assortment of front-panel volume sliders, routing switches and buttons, EQ knobs, and mute buttons enable simple, fast setup and operation. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use.

The 3U rack-mount TASCAM MZ-372 enables audio signals to be mixed, muted, and routed to 2 redundant outputs or destinations. Each of its 6 audio channels has an independent volume control and features 2 stereo sets of unbalanced RCA line-level inputs (12 RCA inputs, total), and 6 balanced XLR mic/line (switchable) inputs on the rear panel, plus a mic-level XLR input on the front panel.

Each of the MZ-372’s dual outputs offer balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA jacks, enabling long cable runs or connections to a main mixer and monitor mixer, professional amplifier, or residential power amplifier or powered speaker. A Talkover function automatically lowers other source levels when microphones are in use. A separate pair of unbalanced, line-level RCA recording outputs make it simple to capture events.


Canon Introduced EOS M50 and EOS Rebel T7 Digital Cameras



Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced their latest editions to their lineup of digital cameras: the EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens Camera, and the EOS Rebel T7.

The EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens camera is the first Canon EOS M-Series camera with 4K video recording which is four-times the size of full HD 1080. It is an all-around, entry-level camera with an extensive list of user-friendly features that encourages users to broaden their creative visions.

Providing improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor resulting in less noise and high definition in low-light situations, and the capacity of recording 4K video, the EOS M50 will capture crisp, photographic expressions in various situations.

The EOS Rebel T7 is the latest edition to the widely popular EOS Rebel line of entry-level DSLR cameras, with an upgraded CMOS sensor to deliver sharp, high-resolution images to capture life’s key moments.

The EOS Rebel T7 features an upgraded CMOS of 24.1 megapixel resolution. It is the successor to the EOS Rebel T6. Offering easy sharing of high-quality photos and videos on social media sites, EOS Rebel T7 provides continuous shooting up to 3.0 frames per second (fps), a nine-point autofocus system and a three-inch LCD monitor, offering users a multitude of options to capture and share life’s important moments.

The Canon EOS M50 is scheduled to be available in April 2018 for an estimated retail price of $779.99 for the body, only. The EOS M50 will also be available with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens in both black and white for an estimated retail price of $899.99. Additionally, the EOS M50 will be sold with the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 IS STM and the EF-M 55-200mm/4.5-6.3 IS STM in black only for an estimated retail price of $1,249.00

The EOS Rebel T7 is scheduled to be available in April 2018, and will be sold as a lens-and-body kit with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II for an estimated retail price of $549.99.


Blue Microphones Introduces Compass Boom Arm



Blue Microphones creates award-winning microphones for audio professionals, musicians, and consumers. They have introduced Compass, a premium broadcast boom arm. It is available now for $99.99 on the Blue Microphones website.

Compass is a premium broadcast boom arm with internal springs and built in cable management, ideal for broadcast applications like game streaming, podcasting, voice-over and more. With smooth, quiet operation and sophisticated on-camera looks, Compass is the perfect microphone boom arm for mics weighing up to 2.4 pounds, including Yeti and Blackout Spark SL.

Compass is great for people who stream on Twitch. Compass lets you put your mic where you want it, when you want it. Whether you adjust the boom to disappear on camera or feature it front and center with the mic, Compass fits perfectly into your game streaming or podcasting setup and will impress your audience.

Compass features a broadcast quality studio-grade design with enclosed aluminum construction, internal springs, and hidden-channel cable management. All friction hinges are hand-tightening – no need for any tools. Compass stays in place after being adjusted, and the robust C-clamp creates a solid connection with your desktop.

Technical Specifications:

  • Boom Type: Extruded aluminum
  • Desktop Mount: C-clamp
  • Rotation: 360 degrees
  • Max Horizontal Reach: 32”
  • Max Weight Hold: 2.4lbs (including mic and shockmount)
  • Cable Management: Hidden-channel cable management
  • Threading: standard 5/8” threading, adaptor for 3/8” threading